The former wife of House Speaker Glenn Richardson told an Atlanta television station on Monday that her ex-husband’s attempted suicide was less about taking his own life than it was gaining control over her.
“I don’t think it was because he was depressed. I think it was power and control that motivated him to do this,” Susan Richardson told the station, according to a video of the interview posted on the station’s Web site.
Susan Richardson’s revelations prompted the leader of the House Democrats on Tuesday to say it’s time for the public to know the truth.
Update 12:18 p.m. The leader of the majority Republican caucus meanwhile, declined to comment about Susan Richardson’s statements. House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) said he has not had a chance to talk to the speaker or “look at everything that has been said.”
But when asked if Richardson should resign as speaker, Keen said, “What I think would be fair is to let me get back over there and sit down with